UFOs and Popular Culture
An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Mythology
by James R. Lewis
December 2000, 393pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-57607-265-3
$83, £62, 70€, A119
eBook Available: 978-1-57607-375-9
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Are extraterrestrials providing the military with alien technology in exchange for carte blanche abduction rights? Are crop circles the pranks of drunken Englishmen or just alien graffiti? Who, really, are Men in Black, and why are they making movies? UFO culture has penetrated America with a vengeance and UFOs and Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Mythology examines these questions and more.

From religious beliefs and legends to movies and TV shows, from advertising and celebrities to Internet sites and photo ops, this illustrated A–Z encyclopedia makes it easy to locate each topic, and the opportunities for further research assure its timeliness.

Is the human race the result of a breeding experiment carried out by ancient astronauts? Are satanists, extraterrestrials—or both—mutilating cattle? Whimsical and fascinating, UFOs and Popular Culture explores a rich facet of Americana and its impact on contemporary society. The UFO phenomenon is put into folkloric and psychological perspective, revealing much about our collective psyche.

From religious beliefs and legends to movies and TV shows; from advertising and celebrities to Internet sites and photo ops; this illustrated A–Z encyclopedia is your first stop resource for understanding UFO beliefs and their impact on contemporary America. Topics explored include Music and UFOs, Naked Aliens, Reincarnation, Roswell, Brad Steiger, Heaven’s Gate, War of the Worlds, and UFO Conventions.

Features

  • Includes an introduction providing a detached, coherent assessment of the UFO phenomenon, tracing its origins to the 19th century and earlier
  • Provides an extensive chronology including an appendix on Heaven's Gate and UFO-related organizations and periodicals
James R. Lewis is a professional writer and academic specializing in new religions and the New Age.

Awards

Endorsed by the American Folklore Society, January 1, 2000

Reviews

"Sure to entice casual readers. . . . Should be included in all UFO collections, for its alphabetical table of contents makes it easy to locate each topic, and the opportunities for further research assure its timeliness."—Library Journal, November 1, 2000

"A worthwhile investment for X-Files fans and other enthusiasts who will seek it out for pleasure. The video fan looking for classic science fiction and the student writing a first report on unidentified flying objects also will find it a useful source."—VOYA, August 1, 2001
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